After Pamukkale we were driving towards Cappadocia, however we needed to do some stops as the distance was around 660 kilometers. It was 3 days of driving around this part of Turkey, which is not really touristy. We passed like 20 signs saying “Ada” and we were wondering what my name could mean in Turkish. Our first camp was at the Egirdir Lake, where I finally discovered that “Ada” means island. We were very lucky as we had this lovely place for ourselves, for free and no one bothered us there. At this lake we also had sort of little car crash – if I can name it that way. While we were sitting inside Rusty and eating breakfast two guys on a motorbike bumped into our van (Probably one guy was teaching the other how to drive). They both fell down, but fortunately, they were fine and Rusty… not even a scratch…:)
Next day, after many hours of driving we stopped for a lunch at the second lake – Beysehir Lake. That place was very nicely designed for having a picnic – plenty of wooden tables and benches under the wooden roofs. We chose one nice spot and we started cooking. While we were preparing our food, a Turkish lady came to us with a tray full of some green food we have never seen before. (Firstly, we didn’t know what was going on, I thought that the lady wanted to sell some food, but after a while we realized that Turkish Lady just wanted to share her meal with us – maybe she noticed that we were eating only pasta with some canned tomatoes: D, which was not really extraordinary dish). The green food was called Dolma (rice with some veggies and spices wrapped into grape leaves – traditional in Balkans and Middle East countries). When we came back to the lady to say thank you she invited us for a cup of tea with her family. We spent a lovely time there trying to speak in English, Turkish and sign language.
Our last stop before Cappadocia was at the Lake Tuz, which is the second largest lake in Turkey and one of the largest hyper-saline lake in the world. Firstly we drove through some weird path covered by salt and grass (off the road) and then we abandoned Rusty (only temporarily of course…) and continued on foot around 2 kilometers in order to find some water in the lake, but we didn’t succeed. All we found was cracked soil…spreading for severalkilometers….no water only mirage…(We still believe that there is water..Like in the middle of the lake.. Or when it’s raining)